The announcement of the shortlist for the FT’s Business Book of the Year is always interesting – tellingly, the article about it in yesterday’s paper had the headline A reading list to reflect loss of faith in capitalism. As ever, I’ve read some, but not all, of the titles, so it adds some interesting new ones to my reading list. Of the shortlist, I’ve reviewed Why Nations Fail, Paper Promises and What Money Can’t Buy.
I’ve gone back through the months since January 2012 to pick out my own longish shortlist for The Enlightened Economist Prize (the criterion is that I happened to read them in the past 12 months, and my non-economics reading is excluded).
The list is:
Debt: The First 5000 Years David Graeber
Capitalist Revolutionary: John Maynard Keynes Roger Backhouse and Bradley Bateman
Thinking, Fast and Slow Daniel Kahneman
Keynes-Hayek: The Clash that Defined Modern Economics Nicholas Wapshott
The End of Money David Wolman
Treasure Islands: Tax Havens and the Men Who Stole the World Nicholas Shaxson
Why Nations Fail: The Origins of Power, Prosperity and Poverty Daron Acemoglu and James Robinson
Working Hard, Working Poor: A Global Journey Gary Fields
Economic Fables Ariel Rubinstein
The Quest for Prosperity; How Developing Economies Can Take Off Justin Yifu Lin
The winner of The Enlightened Economist economics book of 2012 will also be announced in September. I can’t offer a cash prize but will be delighted to offer a nice dinner in London to the winning author(s).